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Tackling the Mantle August 3, 2010

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There are two problems with the mantle

1. It is a horizontal surface that tends to collect things

2. I have lots of kitsch that I enjoy displaying.

So I have come up with a solution that I hope will solve both problems and give me a more dust free mantle in the process: Seasonal decorating.  I already do this with Christmas, but if I do it with the other seasons as well then the mantle will get cleaned off at least 4 times a year.

I totally cleaned off the mantle

Then I just put back those few things that I want currently.

It looks like twice the amount of stuff due to the big mirror.  Then I took 4 boxes labeled them Spring, Summer, Winter, Spring and divided the rest of the kitsch accordingly and stored them in a closet.  Some of the other things, like my knitting needles went to a new shelf, where they are still available but off the mantle.  I did not really purge a whole lot – there were some papers that were thrown out but all in all I am happy with my solution to this super cluttered space.

Clearing out Clutter one thing at a time.

Tackling the Stairs April 27, 2010

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When I blogged about tacking the laundry I realized that the stairs really needed some attention. So I cleared off all the old mail, shoes and stuff that just doesn’t quite make it up to the daughter’s room. Got the old vacuum out and vac’ed the stairs.

Before

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After

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I do keep the shoes on one side of the stairs, one of my super-clean friends does this. It has actually been a great clutter buster. Each pair of shoes has its very own step, they stay together an not in a big heap just to the right of the front door.

Clearing out clutter one thing at a time.

Tackling Laundry April 13, 2010

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I have several projects around the house just screaming out to be tackled, but, alas today I am tackling laundry.  With Easter, Spring Bread and the little Dude’s birthday some of the daily housework has gone undone.  This includes laundry.

You know when it is time to do laundry when…

  • Your choice of shirts are either the paint spattered shirt or the ancient workout shirt.
  • The husband is wearing good argyle socks under his work boots.
  • The daughter asked if she could wear the flower girl skirt – from four years ago.
  • When told “no” to the too short skirt the daughter proceeds to ask if purple patterned pants go with orange pattern, sleeveless shirt.
  • When it is pointed out to the daughter that she can’t wear sleeveless shirts to school the wail goes up “but I don’t have anything to wear”
  • When the baby has worn the same outfit for longer than 24 hours.

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When I do laundry I pre-treat stains, then I  throw everything in the washing machine and hope for the best.  I do try to get the clothes folded with in a day, so the wrinkles don’t set in too badly.  It helps that we really are a jeans and tee shirt kind of family – well that, and my husband is whiz with the iron.

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Do you have a favorite tip or trick when it comes to laundry?  Go ahead share it in the comments.

Clearing out clutter – and laundry – one thing at a time.

Tackling a Random Box March 2, 2010

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This box has sat in my house for almost a year!  It contains information from the daughter’s school auction (I was in charge of the last one).  I offered to take it home and organize and purge duplicate information – a year it sat.

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Well I went through it – put a lot of paper in the recycle box and it is back in its cupboard at school – and out of my house.

Clearing out clutter one thing at a time

Tackling Project Office Space February 2, 2010

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Project Office Space

This was a really big tackle, a family sized tackle.  I did not really mean for this to happen this weekend.  It was definitely on my radar but not for this weekend.  The husband got a bee in his bonnet and away we went. Here is the whole process step by step.

I have too much stuff, it tends to turn rooms to piles.  I am working on this little problem
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I cleared out the pile – a tackle for another day.
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We purchased a new desk and bookshelf from Ikea.

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The husband put together the desk and bookshelf with some help from the daughter and the little guy.

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We restocked the desk and bookcase.
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I love the desk, there is room for the computer with a little extra room for working on projects.

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Cleaning out clutter one thing at a time.

Tackling Project Desk January 26, 2010

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Project: Desk

We have a really bad habit of picking up furniture that we really like (usually for free), that really is just too big for our cozy, little house.  This is the case with the desk.  It kinda sorta worked for a while because it was the only piece of furniture big enough for our computer monitor (clearly the monitor was also too big).  Since we got the laptop a smaller desk has done quite nicely.  So the desk needs to move on down the road.  However it was being held back from its long awaited journey out the door by the metric ton of stuff on and in it.

This is what it looked like before
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and even after I cleaned all the stuff off the top there was even more inside.
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But it has been tackled…totally clean inside and out, up on freecycle (hopefully someone will love this desk enough to take it, otherwise it will be kicked to the curb on Friday). Desk update – someone is hauling away the desk tonight!

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Cleaning out clutter one thing at a time.